The purpose of the Instituto Gobernanza y Sociedad is to contribute to the improvement of corporate governance practices (listed and unlisted) and of organizations or associations (public, semi-public and private) in the context of the positive impact that these institutions must have for the best performance of the economy and society.


Good governance is an area of rapid evolution and of great relevance for the economy and society as a whole. In Spain, for about two decades, the adaptation of corporate and associative practices to what has been called Good Governance has improved markedly. The distance covered, still remarkable, is still insufficient in part because of the constant changes in the context, as well as the partial incorporation, especially of the spirit of these standards, to companies and institutions.


The institute intends to accelerate this process of adapting governance practices to the changing needs of society, delving into such core issues as:

  • The evaluation, control and behaviour reinforcement system of the management teams so that they manage the short term in detriment of the long term.
  • The impartiality, independence and effectiveness of the directors and committees that make up the highest governing bodies.
  • The desirable evolution of regulatory frameworks.
  • The adaptability of organizations through structures and cultures that promote the primacy of objectives and purpose over form.
  • The opportunities for creating more value shared with society.
  • The psychological roots of the accumulation of behavioural disorders known as the “excessive power striving” and the opportunities for good governance and avoiding it in the key executives of the organization.


The purpose and tasks of the Institute are governed by values such as transparency, absence of conflicts of interest, the spirit of service and improvement, ethics, professional excellence, internalization and collaboration with other Institutes whose vocation is similar to ours.


The Institute’s activities are seminars, conferences, information on experiences, cases and good practices, and collaboration with other entities and organizations in this field.


The Institute has Collaborating Companies and Individual Members. It is organized legally as non-profit Association “Instituto Gobernanza y Sociedad”.

Jose María Beneyto


Luis Huete


Sonsoles Seoane


Individual members

FERNANDO ALONSO FERNÁNDEZFormer President, Airbus Group
COLOMA ARMERODirector, Mutua Madrileña
GONZALO BABÉDirector of Institutional Relations at El Corte Inglés
JOSÉ LUIS BLANCO-WHITELawyer, Former Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins LLP
ALFREDO BONETSecretary General of Círculo de Empresarios. Former Secretary of State for Commerce
PÍO CABANILLASDirector, Codere. Former Minister and Government Spokesperson
JUAN CORONAGeneral Director of Instituto Empresa Familiar
ALBERTO GALLEGOChief Executive Officer, Willis Towers Watson Iberia
RAMÓN GÓMEZ DE OLEAManaging Partner, Russell Reynolds Associates
FRANCISCO GÓMEZ-TRENORManaging Director. Mirabaud & Cie (Europe)
JACOBO GONZÁLEZ-ROBATTOPresident, Nueva Pescanova Group
JORDI GUALPresident, CaixaBank. Director, Repsol, Telefónica.
JOAQUÍN GÜELLPartner Investindustrial, Board Member Sacyr
AMPARO MORALEDADirector, Caixabank, Airbus, Vodafone
CURRA MUNERAGeneral Secretary, Banco Caminos
JUAN MARÍA NINPresident, Itinere. Director, Société Générale, Azora.
MARTA ORTIZVice President, The European House-Ambrosetti
GONZALO RODRÍGUEZ-FRAILEChief Executive Officer, A & G Private Banking
JAVIER PERERAManaging Director, Enagás
OLGA SAN JACINTODirector, Google Americas
SONSOLES SEOANEChief Operations Officer, Wikifactory
ENRIQUE SERRAChief Executive Officer, Banco Caminos
JOSÉ MANUEL SORIAPartner Grant Thornton. Former Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism
ANDRÉS TEJEROEntrepreneur, Independent Director.
ISABEL TOCINOVice President, Santander Spain. Former Minister for the Environment
WALTHER VON PLETTENBERGManaging Director, German Chamber of Commerce for Spain
ANTONIO BASAGOITI GARCÍA-TUÑÓNPatron, Santander Foundation. Former President of Unión Fenosa, Former President of Banesto, Former General Director and Board Member of Grupo Santander.
AURORA CATÁPartner in Sellinger, Board Member of Banco Sabadell and Atresmedia.
MAITE ARANZABALBoard Member, Adolfo Domínguez.
ELENA HERRERO-BEAUMONTBoard Member and Researcher, the Commitment and Transparency Foundation.

Corporate Members


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